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Teachers at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, have condemned the pupil funding gap with England, which currently stands at nearly £700 per pupil.
 
Representatives at the conference in Cardiff expressed their frustration that, after many years of NASUWT highlighting the disparity in pupil funding, the gap has continued to increase and now stands at an average of £678 compared to maintained schools in England.
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Pupils in Wales have been short-changed for far too long. The funding gap has resulted in the narrowing of the curriculum in some schools and the loss of talented teachers and support staff to redundancy.
 
“If the Welsh Government’s ambition for the new curriculum is to be realised, then this challenge on school funding must be addressed as a matter of priority and the years of underfunding of schools in Wales must be brought to an end so that children and young people can be provided with the best life-chances.”
 
John Tobutt, from the Cardiff Association, who proposed the motion, said:
 
“£678 per pupil. The dramatic affect that would have on improving education and opportunities for our pupils.
 
“Our schools, pupils and staff have been short-changed for far too long, so many of the issues which affect us in our schools today are due to a lack of money.
 
“We need the money and the tools to do the best for pupils.”

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